Pak SIT may seek to ex­am­ine Pun­jab cop in Pathankot probe

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Vinod Sharma vin­od­sharma@hin­dus­tan­times.com

IS­LAM­ABAD/ NEW DELHI: A Pak­istani team prob­ing the at­tack on the Pathankot air­base might seek to ques­tion a top Pun­jab po­lice of­fi­cial who was al­legedly ab­ducted and let-off by the group of mil­i­tants in­volved in the strike at the de­fence in­stal­la­tion.

Seven In­dian se­cu­rity per­son­nel and six mil­i­tants, be­lieved to be from the Pak­istan-based Jaishe-Mo­hammed (JeM), were killed dur­ing the 84-hour siege of the air­base in Jan­uary.

Af­ter New Delhi shared with Is­lam­abad a set of phone num­bers al­legedly used by the mil­i­tants, Pak­istan pro­posed to send a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (SIT) to In­dia.

Be­sides ques­tion­ing t he Gur­daspur su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice Salvin­der Singh, the SIT may also seek ac­cess to the air­base, this writer learnt dur­ing a re­cent visit to Is­lam­abad.

T he po­lice of f i ci al was in­ter­ro­gated by the Na­tional

In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency ( NIA) sev­eral times af­ter doubts were raised about the se­quence of events he nar­rated on his ab­duc­tion and re­lease.

In­dia has agreed to re­ceive the SIT on a five-day no­tice be­fore its ar­rival. “They have to prove their bona fide by ar­riv­ing for in­ves­ti­ga­tion against the real cul­prits,” a top of­fi­cial in New Delhi told Hin­dus­tan Times.

Is­lam­abad re­cently reg­is­tered an FIR on the ba­sis of the tele­phone num­bers shared by In­dia.

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Seven se­cu­rity per­son­nel were killed in the Jan­uary 2 at­tack.

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